Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Still Scratching Head Over Trump's 'covfefe' Tweet? White House Has An Explanation!

Derrick Tucker | 02 June, 2017, 10:43

They ask why Kushner would suggest secret conversations with the ambassador and meet the head of a Russian bank under USA sanctions, failing - like a number of Trump associates - to mention it on his security-clearance form, all amid allegations Russia meddled in the US election. The practice has raised concern about the security and secrecy of the US commander-in-chief's communications. He talked to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about opening up a line of communication to explore options as the new administration developed a Syria policy, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

The White House said Trump made the decision to "maximize" the chances of negotiating a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, a decades-old diplomatic stalemate that Trump wants to help resolve. "I know that some administration officials are saying 'Well, that's standard procedure.' I don't think it's standard procedure before the inauguration of the president of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position".

Trump has long thought that he is his most effective spokesperson and has groused about supporters and aides not defending him vigorously enough.

Now, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to give an explanation to Trump's deleted tweet, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe". "He's always proven that".

The White House is in the midst of a communications shakeup, which began with the impending departure of White House Communications Director Mike Dubke. But numerous people close to the president and his team are expecting further changes this time.

Informal diplomacy has been used by many, if not all, presidents. Both Lewandowski and Bossie visited the White House on Monday night, according to two people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private get-together. He is leading a newly created White House Office of American Innovation whose tasks include revamping the structure of the federal government, improving operations at the Veterans Affairs department, combating opioid abuse and modernizing government technology.

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Moss also added that it's unlikely Kushner acted on his own.

"Going forward, all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz", Spicer said.

Kushner failed to disclose meetings during the transition period with Russian officials and the head of a state-linked bank under US sanctions on forms used to obtain the clearance.

In December - after the election but before Trump assumed office - Kushner met separately with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington, and Sergey Gorkov, the head of the government-owned Vnesheconombank, which has been subject to USA sanctions because of its role in Russia's occupation of a part of Ukraine.

And while much of that took place behind closed doors, one lasting image of the European portion may be the way Trump pushed aside the prime minister of little Montenegro to take his front row place for a photo of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders.

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